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Show how Lady Macbeth changes through the course of the play

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Show how Lady Macbeth changes through the course of the play Lady Macbeth, when first introduced appears as a dark and sinister character. As the play progresses we see this change as her true feelings are made known to us. Lady Macbeth breaks all the traditional values of male dominance in marriage. She doesn't conform at all to the idea of what a wife should be. We first see Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 5. She reads that it has been prophesised that Macbeth shall become king and she is overcome by dark ambition and joy. She says: '...Yet I do fear thy nature, Is too full o'th'milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way' She thinks Macbeth is too squeamish to murder Duncan, she thinks he is too humane and full of emotions. This is her first idea of how Macbeth will become King; murdering the current one. She fears Macbeth will not be able to act without pity; 'Thou would'st be great, Art not without ambition, but without The illness should attend it.' She suggests Macbeth is not evil enough to kill Duncan. When Lady Macbeth is given word that Macbeth is coming to the castle, she calls on spirits to help her with her evil plans; 'Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here And fill me from the crown to toe topfull Of direst cruelty.' ...read more.

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And to be more than what you were, you would Be so much more than a man.' She knows Macbeth will react if she questions how much of a man he is, to a man of Macbeth's stature, a General in the army, it is important for him to be strong brave and masculine. This shows how Lady Macbeth will always try her upmost to get her own way. She then uses shocking imagery; '...Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums And dashed the brains out had I so sworn As you have done to this.' She uses the horrible image of her killing a child to represent how she keeps promises, and how much they mean to her. She seems to have a hatred of children. Lady Macbeth takes no physical part in the murder of Duncan, aside from the disposal of the daggers. She has reasons for not murdering Duncan herself: '...Had he not resembled My father as he slept I had done't.' In my opinion this is purely an excuse, in truth she is scared of murdering Duncan, Lady Macbeth becomes anxious for her husbands return while he is killing Duncan. After the murder Macbeth is deeply troubled, we see Lady Macbeth being mildly supportive of him; 'Consider it not so deeply.' ...read more.

Conclusion

The fact that Lady Macbeth may have taken her own life suggests that her conscience caught up with her and she could no longer cope. Malcolm's description of her could be true to how we have seen her behave earlier in the play, but not true to the remorseful Lady Macbeth we see later on in the play. Lady Macbeth changes dramatically throughout the course of the play. She starts off very eager to kill Duncan, she is very ambitious. She is also seen to be very evil, almost like a witch. Her imagery is shocking, her nature; disturbing. Lady Macbeth shows little emotion and focuses on trying to help Macbeth. The banquet scene is where she starts to change. She loses affection for Macbeth as his behaviour becomes too much for her. The one thing she knows she can manipulate Macbeth with is questioning his masculinity; even this fails. Her sleepwalking shows a change in her, it is unnatural. Her true feelings are shown and a character thought of as evil is now seen as more normal, her feelings show she is remorseful. Suicide is her only way out. The character thought of as evil and witch-like at the beginning of the play, leaves the play and ends her life a woman destroyed by her ambition for herself and her husband, with feeling like everyone else. Rob Evans 10AX ...read more.

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